In today’s modern era, virtual gaming has become an essential component of the entertainment industry. Not only the professional players but also the seasonal players spend numerous hours in gaming and their needs and want keep on increasing to experience the best of the best versions of the gaming world.
Play stations have gained immense popularity among youth when it comes to virtual gaming. The play stations are not only used for the sake of gaming but also for other media purposes like playing videos and so on.
Usually, the play station console is in connection with the Television but with the increased demand and increased number of features in it, users have known to connect them to a bigger screen or a projector screen creating their home-based gaming studio.
The idea of a bigger screen has been evolving with time and special accessories have been designed to connect the PlayStation 4 also known as PS4 to the projector screen (both indoor and outdoor)
If you are a regular user of gaming consoles, you must have an idea of the amazing feeling when your online game is connected to a bigger screen.
Now the question is, what are the best possible ways to connect a gaming console to a bigger screen as it sounds impossible. Nothing to worry about, we are going to discuss all the possible methods of how to connect PS4 to a projector.
Below are the details about each connection procedure:
How to connect a PS4 Gaming console to a projector screen:
After consistent hours of research and personal testing, we have got to conclude that there are five basic methods of connecting a PS4 to a projector screen:
1- Connection through HDMI cable
2- Connection without HDMI cable.
3- Connection through VGA cable
4- Connection through a DVI cable
5- Connection through wireless systems
1- How to connect PS4 to projector screen with an HDMI cable:
Before arranging to connect PS4 to the projector with an HDMI cable, the first thing to make sure of is to turn off your Television/Projector and PS4 Gaming console. There will be an HDMI port on the side of your projector screen and the side of your PS4 gaming console.
HDMI is a kind of wire/cable having specific ports at both the ends which are user-friendly to both the projector screen and the PS4 Gaming Console.
All you must do is take one port of the HDMI cable, plug it into the side of the projector where you will find the HDMI port, and do the same procedure to the side of the PS4 gaming console.
Go to the OSD menu where you would see the data of your PS4 gaming console. Select the icon you want to play on the projector from the internal input supply.
Now both the devices are connected via HDMI Cable and data will be transferred between both the devices easily maintaining the image quality.
The benefit of HDMI cable connection is the high-quality display image, easy-to-connect facility, and cost-effectiveness.
You can easily enjoy the 1080p quality display while connecting the projector and PS4 with an HDMI cable. Not only this, but you can also play your favorite games on the big screen.
2- How to connect PS4 to a Projector screen if your projector does not support HDMI Cable connection?
If your projector is an older version and doesn’t have the HDMI port, nothing to worry about since we have other solutions to establish a secure connection even without having the HDMI support system.
In the electronics market, you will find adapters known as standard, mini, and micro adapters that support HDMI cable ports. You can connect that adapter to your PS4 and then connect the HDMI cable to the adapter from one side and join the other side of the HDMI port to the projector screen.
You must be thinking that using an adapter might affect the image quality. The answer is NO. The adapter would just act as a connector between your PS4 console and the HDMI cable. The audio and video quality are defined by the HDMI cable which will transmit the same level of signals to your projector with or without an adapter resulting in high-quality images, videos, and audios simultaneously.
3- How to establish a connection between a PS4 Gaming console with the help of a VGA Cable?
Another process to connecting PS4 to a projector screen is by the help of a VGA cable. The set-up process, in this case, is quite different and a bit complicated as compared to the usual procedure of HDMI connection.
However, if the HDMI port is not available on your PS4, the VGA could be a good option for you to enjoy your games ad movies on a big screen.
Let’s get into the process now:
Step 1: the first step in any of the PS4 to Projector connections should always be turning-off both devices.
Step 2: Once both the devices are turned off, one port of HDMI cable would be connected to the PS4 console whereas the other end would be connected to an adapter which you can easily buy at a reasonable price from any electronic shop. The adapter is usually known as a U-Green adapter.
Step 3: Step 3 involves establishing the connection between the VGA port and U-green adapter/ VGA Adaptor. The connection can be established by connecting the VGA cable to the projector screen. Keep in mind that all the projection screens would have a VGA port even the older versions.
Step 4: This stage involves connecting a USB cable to the U-GREEN adaptor for better stability. In this procedure, the VGA adapter will be connected to the projector VGA port with the help of a USB cable.
Step 5: Despite various advantages of a VGA Adaptor, there is one disadvantage as well. The VGA Adaptor / VGA cable is used only for transmitting Video signals and does not have the feature of transferring the audio signals to the projector. Hence, in order to add the sound effect while connecting the PS4 to a projector using a VGA adaptor, you would require an additional AUX cable. The AUX cable used for this purpose is a 3.5mm thick cable having built-in audio signals transmitting facility. The term VGA (Video Graphics array) itself is self-explanatory clarifying that it can only be used for Video purposes.
Step 6: Now when the devices are well-connected through the cable and adapter, you can turn on your PS4 console and the projector.
Go to projector settings > click Input > choose the VGA Port option.
Make sure that all the wires are tightly connected to the ports, and you are good to enjoy the big-screen display of your favorite PS4 games and videos.
4- How to establish a connection between the PS4 & Projector Screen with the help of DVI Port?
For this kind of connection, you will be needing an audio convertor commonly called an HDMI TO DVI converter.
Prepare the DVI cable by connecting one port of the DVI Cable to the audio converter. Find the HDMI input port, plug in one side of the HDMI port to the DVI Cable and then connect the DVI cable to the DVI port on the projector screen.
The audio of the HDMI To DVI connection system would work only with the stereo audio tools and an AUX cable being required for this purpose.
5- Connecting PS4 and Projector Screen wirelessly without any cable:
With the advent of technology, it is now even possible to connect PS4 to a projector screen without any wires. For this purpose, you will be needing wireless adaptors. The wireless adaptor will help you to convert the projector screen into a wireless version making it possible to connect with PS4 wirelessly.
A wide variety of wireless adaptors can be found in the market at a reasonable price range.
An HDMI converter can also be used to serve the purpose. This is one of the easiest and most effective procedures to convert a projector into a wireless device.
The wireless adapter transmits the signals from PS4 to the Projector screen in such a way that the projector screen can read the signals in display mode and provide the output on the screen.
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Pros & Cons:
The idea of enjoying gaming on a bigger screen sounds extremely tempting however there are various advantages and disadvantages to that.
Let’s discuss in detail:
1- Inevitable size:
Who would not dream of having a massive size screen display in front while playing his/her favorite game?
Buying a large-sized display Television would be very expensive and not everyone can afford it. The variable low-cost ways of installing a big projector screen had made it possible for everyone to enjoy the luxury of an immensely large display which would otherwise not be available to people who cannot afford expensive monitors and TVs.
1- Complex and difficult procedure:
As discussed above, the procedures involved in establishing a connection between a PS4 gaming console and a projection screen involve expertise and knowledge of electronic devices. The complexity of the installing procedures might be a turn-off for a lot of users.
2- Might cause damage to the PS4 console and Projector Screen:
Since connecting a PS4 to a projector screen requires some technical devices and the user must have some knowledge about the electronic devices. In case of any wrong cable connection or usage of a low-quality adaptor/cable might cause damage to either of the devices.
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Frequently asked questions:
1- Is it possible to connect PS4 to a projector screen without HDMI Port?
Yes, this is 100% possible. If you have an older version of the projector where the HDMI port is not available, first you have to check which port is supported by your projector. For example, if your projector is supporting a VGA cable, you can easily connect your PS4 to the projector with the help of an HDMI-VGA adapter. Using an HDMI to VGA connector can establish a connection between PS4 and the HDMI port.
2- What is a display port in PS4 & Projector Connection?
As the name indicates, a display port (DP) is a kind of socket or adapter that is connected to the monitor/television or a projector screen. The DisplayPort acts as an intermediary between the display unit and the gaming console.
3- What is the difference between a display port and an HDMI cable, and which one is the better version?
Although both are used for the same purpose, if we have to differentiate between the two, the display port would be considered a better option than the HDMI port because of the image quality. The display port uses high bandwidth radiations transmitting a high density of signals to the projector screen resulting in faster conversion and high display quality.
You can also attach multiple display devices to a projector with the help of a display port and this is the greatest advantage.